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Durango Recycle Center & Drop-Off

ALERT!!! The City of Durango Recycle Center will close starting February 5, 2024 - March 4, 2024 to conduct maintenance reline on the processing baler. All residential and commercial collection routes will occur as scheduled.  Recycle material collected from routes during this time frame, will be transported to another recycle facility for processing and shipping. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Durango Trash/Recycle Division at 970-375-5004.


Residents and businesses can drop-off certain recyclable materials at the Durango Recycle Center throughout the week. See the information below for accepted materials, rates, and collection hours.

Not sure what is accepted where? Use the “What Goes Where?” Wizard tool to search for the best disposal option for all kinds of materials.

For safety, a maximum of two cars will be allowed in the drop off area at one time. To ensure proper social distancing between customers and employees, only one person will be allowed out of the vehicle to dispose of recycle material.

The Durango Transfer Station collects landfill waste drop-off and is operated by a separate private operator.

  1. Residential Drop-Off
  2. Commercial Drop-Off
Item / MaterialTimes AcceptedGuidelines and Fees
Standard Single Stream RecyclingTuesday through Saturday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • City of Durango residents who pay for recycling service on their monthly utility bill can bring extra standard mixed recycling materials to the Recycle Center free of charge. A copy of a current utility bill required (paper or online version).
  • Residents living outside of Durango that do not pay for City of Durango recycling service can bring single stream to the Recycle Center for $5 per 60 gallons of material.
  • See the Single Stream guidelines for more information on what can be accepted.
Glass24 hours a day,
7 days a week
  • Glass of all colors is accepted for free (residential customers only) at the drop-off glass chutes. No proof of residency required.
  • Please remove all lids, plastic and metal.
  • Light bulbs, tempered, and automotive glass are NOT accepted.
BatteriesTuesday through Saturday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Household dry-cell batteries (e.g. AAA, AA, C, D, and 9-volt) area accepted for $2 per pound (one pound minimum).
  • Additional commercial locations accept cell phone and power-tool batteries for recycling. Use the “What Goes Where” Wizard tool to search for options.
ElectronicsSaturdays only,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fluorescent bulbsSaturdays only,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

** Maximum of 8 bulbs 
  • $1.00 per four-foot tube
  • $2.00 per eight-foot tube
  • $3.00 per oddly shaped fluorescent tubes and u-shaped bulbs.
Recycle Center

Schedule a Tour

To schedule a tour of the Durango Recycling Center please call (970) 375-4834 or e-mail Joey.Medina@durangogov.org.

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